ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) — The female suspect and victim in the fatal Orange shooting were romantically involved, according to a family member.
The daughter of the victim, 44-year-old Jennifer Roberta Solorio, told Eyewitness News that her mother and the suspect, 35-year-old Jessica Gonzalez, were involved in a romantic relationship for 13 years. She said the two were having problems recently, but she does not know what possible reason Gonzalez would have to resort to such violence.
Police say Gonzalez, from Santa Ana, shot and killed Solorio outside an apartment complex in Orange Thursday around 3 p.m.
Orange County District Attorney’s Office investigators determined that Santa Ana police officers Gary Ayala and Saul Esquivel acted reasonably during a June 23 confrontation that led to the death of Jessica Gonzalez, who at the time of her death was being sought by authorities in connection with the killing of a woman days earlier in an Orange neighborhood, a letter released Tuesday outlining the results of the investigation said.
Fearing for his safety, Ayala told investigators, he yelled “Gun!” and began shooting his service weapon at the garage wall to provide cover as he ran across the alley toward Esquivel’s car.
Esquivel told investigators that he saw Ayala run across the alley, heard him yell “Gun!” multiple times and saw him fire several rounds toward the garage. The report said Gonzalez also ran across the alley, to within 5 feet of Ayala, at which point Esquivel pulled out his handgun and fired a dozen rounds at Gonzalez, who fell to the ground. Ayala said that once Gonzalez was down, he saw her reach for something with her left hand, and he fired two additional rounds at her.
Gonzalez was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities reportedly found the replica handgun under her body, as well as a syringe in her bra that “appeared to be filled with blood.”
The police shooting happened in the 800 block of South Townsend Street on Sunday about 8 a.m., police said.